Date of BirthOctober 17, 1939

James Larry Pastore Obituary

Date of BirthOctober 17, 1939

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Date of PassingJanuary 16, 2016

James Larry Pastore Obituary

from Boulder, Colorado, United States

Date of BirthOctober 17, 1939

James Larry Pastore Obituary

Date of BirthOctober 17, 1939

597 Views

Date of PassingJanuary 16, 2016

James Larry Pastore Obituary

from Boulder, Colorado, United States


Beloved son, brother, father, grandfather, uncle and friend died on November 16, 2016. He was born on October 17, 1939. Larry was born and raised in Boulder, Colorado. He spent his childhood playing around Boulder Creek and riding horses on the Pastore Ranch in Sunshine Canyon. He attended both Highland and Whittier Schools and then went to Casey Junior High School where he enjoyed wrestling. Larry attended Boulder High School where he played left guard in football earning him a college scholarship. He started college at CSU with a desire to become a veterinarian before joining the armed services. Larry was in the Navy Seabees as an equipment operator and mechanic from 1959-1963. He remained deeply patriotic and committed to his country throughout his life. He married Carol Witt and had three girls: Susan, Shawn, and Shannon. His best friend was his Mother. He would never tell her anything that might hurt her. Larry was a loving family man who would do anything for his family or his friends. At heart, Larry was a performer who came to life on stage with a microphone and a guitar. He was an amazing story teller who could imitate many people including Jimmy Stewart and Flip Wilson. He was a cut-up who was very positive and the life of every family gathering. Larry was a "good ole cowboy." As a young man, he herded cattle on his horse on the family ranch often having to round them up from Sunset Creek on the lower end of the property. He went on to compete in the rodeo circuit including bronc and bull riding. In 1976 he participated in a cross country ride on his horse Melody as part of the national Bi-Centennial Celebration. Even after he didn't ride horses anymore his love for animals remained. His later years were spent with his beloved Charlie Dog who was always by his side. In addition, Larry was an amazing inventor. He always found a way to make things work better and had many inventions over the years. He was an artisan who not only made things work better but also crafted beautiful metal-works that will be enjoyed by many for years to come. Larry is preceded in death by his father James Pastore and his mother Opal Pastore. He is survived by his siblings Peggy Zeren, Bob Pastore and Kim Westmoreland; his daughters Susan Miller, Shawn Cansler and Shannon Montague and many grandchildren, nieces and nephews who all loved him dearly. Larry's life will be celebrated in a private family service where he asked for his ashes to be spread on the family ranch. In lieu of flowers, please donate to Community Living Center VA Hospital, 2121 North Ave., Grand Junction, CO 81501 or theRoice-Hurst Humane Society, 362 28 Rd, Grand Junction, CO 81501

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